I just started the Live Fit Trainer. This is the fourth trainer I do in a row! In a row! No down time…diet, after diet…gym day after gym day. That’s tough. I must be one strong and determined woman.
I mean, OF COURSE I’ve had cheat meals, times where I’ve cried when weight lifting gets painful (seriously, that’s literally happened before…at the gym), and times when I get exhausted after a HIIT cardio session has been combined with a long work day.
Nonetheless, I have still have managed to stick to my trainer. I think that I owe this determination to my hubby’s support and to the inspiration I get from friends who are involved in the fitness industry. It’s truly inspiring to watch them compete, eat clean, train hard, and still manage to carry a normal grown up life (kids, work, and paly).
So, see…even though four trainers in a row sounds like a lot…it really isn’t when you’re in love with the lifestyle and when you realize how amazing you feel both physically and mentally. It’s all about finding a healthy balance; including a variety of sports, daily active play, fun gym sessions, healthy foods, good relationships, balanced work, travelling, down time, and a few cheat meals here in there (once every week).
Fitness is a journey, one that includes trial and error. You need to keep trying new things to see what works best for your body at that specific time in your life…where new routines, new diets, new trainers, new experiences and new friendships, bring joy and keep you from getting in a rut.
Since we are talking about variety…let’s talk about food variety, shall we? There is one ingredient that seems to work for a BUNCH of different recipes and makes meals a whole lot more enjoyable.
Let me introduce you to my friend, the sweet potato.
This has been a crucial slow digestive carb I’ve consumed during my trainer programs. Giving me stable energy throughout the day and a way happier belly. My husband and I love sweet potatoes! They are good for breakfasts, snacking, dinners, and even desserts. Today I have a sweet potato snack recipe for you:
- 3 long (yet skinnier) sweet potatoes
- Coconut oil spray
- Cinnamon (to taste)
- Sea salt (to taste)
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees
- Cover you baking sheets with aluminum foil and spray with coconut oil.
- Wash your sweet potatoes, dry them, cut its ends, and cut into ⅛ inch slices.
- Spread sweet potatoes slices on pans. Make sure no slice is on top of another.
- Spray coconut oil on every slice; sprinkle cinnamon and a bit of salt on top.
- Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until potatoes are soft.
- You choose how to eat them and what to eat them with. My hubby chose to spread Walden Farms pancake syrup on top (which has has zero calories, zero fats, zero sugars, zero carbs)…he almost liked the plate clean!
- 2 baking sheets
- Aluminum foil
- Sharp knife